World Cup 2010: FIFA confirm they may extend Luis Suarez ban for handball red card during Uruguay victory over Ghana

FIFA have option to lengthen ban...
FIFA have admitted Uruguay's Luis Suarez could potentially miss the rest of World Cup 2010 after receiving a red card for his handball against Ghana in the quarter-finals.

The striker received his marching orders for saving a goalbound-header on the line in extra-time, with Asamoah Gyan missing the resulting penalty.

Uruguay then progressed to the semi-finals after winning the following shoot-out 5-3, eliminating the last remaining African nation at this year's tournament.

Suarez will serve an automatic one-match ban, ruling him out of the semi-final with Holland. Although FIFA's disciplinary committee will discuss whether his suspension should be extended further on the grounds of unsportsmanlike behaviour, which could jeopardise his involvement in either the final or the third-place play-off.

FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola told a press conference: "For automatic red cards there is an automatic one-match suspension. The disciplinary committee also opens a case and they will be looking at that incident and taking a decision."

FIFA's disciplinary code gives the committee the option of a longer ban for "unsportsmanlike conduct".

His action is also contrary to FIFA's fair play code which states: "Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure".

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